All lights are green for BMW M2 Cup season opener

On 24 July the wait is over: the first race of the BMW M2 Cup will mark a new chapter in German motorsport. Place of operation is the Lausitzring, where the new one-make trophy starts as support to the DTM and in front of spectators. This ends an important part of the preparation for the organisers.

When the lights turn green for the very first time on Saturday at 11:50, one person in particular will be especially proud: Jörg Michaelis. “I’m really excited and can’t wait,” says the series manager. “Exciting months are behind us. Ever since the decision was made last year to create a new racing series, everyone has been working tirelessly. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone involved and not least to our partners.”

In May, the participants in the BMW M2 Cup had the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their new machinery and the Lausitzring. In contrast to the roll-out, however, a new track layout will be used for the first race weekend. In the first section of the course, the steep ‘Turn 1’ banking is driven, which creates additional excitement.

The starting field also promises excitement: young talents meet ambitious drivers with extensive motorsport experience. At age 16, Salman Owega is one of the youngest in the BMW M2 Cup field. The youngster competes against, amongst others, Carrie Schreiner, who raced in the ADAC GT Masters in 2020.

The race weekend in the Lausitz consists of a training session in which finding the right set-up for the car is the focus. Qualifying is all about the best starting positions for the two races, which start at 11:50 on both Saturday and Sunday. The scheduled duration of the races is 30 minutes. All races will be broadcasted live on the official BMW Motorsport YouTube channel.

“After the hard work of the last few months, we can hardly wait for the season to start. A full grid of participants and many renowned partners, who are enthusiastic about the concept, will support us throughout the season. We are ready for the debut and our cooperation partner Project 1 Drivetime has done a really great job.”

“We are delighted that the BMW M2 Cup will be part of the DTM platform exclusively. On the one hand, the DTM offers a strong marketing platform, which also benefits the one-make throphy. On the other hand, the participants can prove their skills in the DTM environment, where Trophy and GT3 teams will be keeping a close eye on their performances. This also underlines the importance for BMW M Motorsport.”

Nico Amende, Sales BMW M Motorsport